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What You Need to Know About Uber’s New Driver Agreement

What You Need to Know About Uber’s New Driver Agreement

So Uber sent out a new driver partner agreement very early this morning (5am EST). This may have something to do with Judge Chen’s expansion of the class action lawsuit two days ago. Here is a short summary of what I picked up:

Here was an email from Shannon Liss:

Dear Uber driver:

After sending this email last night, we learned this morning that, following our victory in court on Wednesday, Uber is now trying to avoid the court ruling by sending drivers a new agreement containing a revised arbitration clause. We are working now on a motion asking the court to block this new agreement. We believe that Uber’s action in trying to limit the class, after the court has certified it, is illegal, and we will ask the court to take measures to stop Uber from doing this.

In the meantime, if you are a current Uber driver, you should feel free to continue working. You will need to accept the agreement in order to continue driving for Uber. But assuming you want to be included in this case, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY OPT OUT OF THE NEW ARBITRATION CLAUSE BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO optout@Uber.com. Include your name and state that you wish to opt out of the arbitration provision. The deadline for opting out is 30 days from when you agree to the new agreement. Although we are going to try to stop Uber from using this agreement to limit the scope of the class in this case, anyone who wants to participate should opt out of the arbitration clause just in case our effort to block Uber from doing this is not successful.

Shannon Liss


One other thing:

We have gotten questions from drivers who are concerned about opting out of the arbitration clause. Uber has assured drivers that they are free to opt out of the arbitration clause. It would be illegal for Uber to retaliate against drivers for opting out of the clause.

So if you are a current driver, you can accept the new agreement in order to continue working. But to be sure that you can be covered by this case, SEND AN EMAIL TO optout@Uber.com, stating your name and that you want to opt out of the arbitration clause.


Below is every detail that I noticed in the agreement (you can read the full text here):

Provision 2.2

Provision 2.3:

Provision 2.4:

Provision 2.5:

Provision 2.6:

Provision 3 (You and your Vehicle):

Provision 4 (Financial Terms)

Provision 5 (Proprietary Rights; License)

Provision 6 (Confidentiality)

Provision 7 (Privacy)

Provision 8 (Insurance)

Provision 8.4 is rather troubling in that the Uber insurance has no guarantee on insuring losses to you or your vehicle. The Uber insurance policy states otherwise, but this agreement just says Uber is not required to but does. I believe nothing has really changed with or without this provision due to previous material concerning Uber insurance and their collision policy.

Provision 9 (Representations and Warranties; Disclaimers)

Provision 12: (Term and Termination)

Your Right To Opt Out Of Arbitration

Below is how you can opt out of the arbitration clause. I personally have this time and the previous time back in 2014. If you do not, it may have large implications on your eligibility for the class action lawsuit when/if it is expanded to include you:
Arbitration is not a mandatory condition of your contractual relationship with the Company. If you do not want to be subject to this Arbitration Provision, you may opt out of this Arbitration Provision by notifying the Company in writing of your desire to opt out of this Arbitration Provision, either by (1) sending, within 30 days of the date this Agreement is executed by you, electronic mail to optout@uber.com, stating your name and intent to opt out of the Arbitration Provision or (2) by sending a letter by U.S. Mail, or by any nationally recognized delivery service (e.g, UPS, Federal Express, etc.), or by hand delivery to:
Rasier, LLC
1455 Market St., Ste. 400
San Francisco CA 9410
In order to be effective, the letter under option (2) must clearly indicate your intent to opt out of this Arbitration Provision, and must be dated and signed. The envelope containing the signed letter must be received (if delivered by hand) or post-marked within 30 days of the date this Agreement is executed by you. Your writing opting out of this Arbitration Provision, whether sent by (1) or (2), will be filed with a copy of this Agreement and maintained by the Company. Should you not opt out of this Arbitration Provision within the 30-day period, you and the Company shall be bound by the terms of this Arbitration Provision. You have the right to consult with counsel of your choice concerning this Arbitration Provision. You understand that you will not be subject to retaliation if you exercise your right to assert claims or opt-out of coverage under this Arbitration
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